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Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Latvia to launch Google-Apple friendly coronavirus contact tracing app

The small Baltic nation of Latvia aims to become one of the first countries to launch a smartphone app using a new toolkit created by US technology giants Apple and Google to help ...

Estonia Workplace Passport

Estonia starts testing a digital immunity passport for the workplace

Estonia has started to test one of the world’s first digital immunity passports, created by a team including founders of global tech start-ups Transferwise and Bolt, seeking ...

South Korea

How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database

When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, inc...

Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19

Apple-Google contact tracing app draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Google, the companies announced as they released the initial vers...


Microsoft to adapt its cloud software for healthcare industry

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it plans to roll out a version of its cloud-based software that will be modified to suit the needs of healthcare organisations.

Trump Cook

White House panel: Build new tech infrastructure for future jobs

A White House advisory panel will call for the government and private industry to work together to build new technological infrastructure to support future jobs and provide the und...

New Zealand PM

New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow ...

SoftBank Group CEO

SoftBank’s Vision Fund tumbles to $18 billion loss in ‘valley of coronavirus’

Japan’s SoftBank reported a stunning $18 billion loss at its giant Vision Fund, pushing Masayoshi Son’s conglomerate to a record loss and highlighting the deepening cri...


SoftBank proposes three new board members as Alibaba’s Jack Ma resigns

SoftBank Group Corp have stated that Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma will resign from its board, in the latest departure by a high-profile ally of CEO Masayoshi Son.

Wix website builder sees strong second-quarter as businesses rush online, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, expects a strong second quarter as companies rush online amid lockdowns to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, it has...

India Contact Tracing App

India follows China’s lead to widen use of coronavirus tracing app

India is aggressively pushing a state-backed contact tracing app to fight the spread of COVID-19, raising fears that the world’s second-most populous nation is on its way to ...

TikTok US

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children’s privacy rules

A group of privacy advocacy organisations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protectin...


China’s Tencent wins on lockdown gaming boom

High demand for video games during coronavirus lockdowns buoyed Tencent Holdings’ first-quarter revenue and profits, with blockbuster games PlayerUnknown’s Battleground...

World Health Organisation WHO

WHO readies coronavirus app for checking symptoms, possibly contact tracing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) plans to launch a smartphone app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus,...